I went to the hallowed Sushi Sam's in San Mateo today after six years of my husband telling me it had the best Sushi in Northern California. I couldn't help but think that he (and several other positive reviewers) must have been under the influence of something potent when I finally tasted Sam's cuisine. I ordered several a la carte selections including tekka maki, ume maki, kappa maki, futomaki, sake nigiri, maguro nigiri, saba nigiri, and several temaki handrolls. In short, they were all sub-standard. I would liken the quality to tired old clothes: everything looked and tasted as if it had seen better days. Into the bargain the bill was twice as much as many other superior sushi places. My husband agreed that things had gone significantly downhill since his last visit. We thought the restaurant might have changed ownership, but no, husband sighted Sam at the bar. Curious about the latest gossip, I trawled the internet when I got home and found several recent negative reviews, one emphatically suggesting that Sam had lost interest in providing quality cuisine and was now simply relying on his restaurant's good name to make money.